The Poems in Context
By (author) Marianne Thormahlen
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Rochester by Marianne Thormahlen
Book DescriptionThe reputation of John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, as a rake has imparted an air of dilettantism to his poetry. By contrast, Rochester: The Poems in Context emphasizes his sharp, restless intellect, a more powerful driving force in his poems than the sensual appetites stressed by previous critics. Marianne Thormahlen uncovers his familiarity with, and sly allusions to, events and leading characters in Restoration politics; his awareness of trends in science, theology and philosophy; his acute representations of contemporary mores; and his commitment to high standards in literary craftsmanship. A more complex picture of Rochester emerges: that of a serious artist tackling major issues during a particularly turbulent period in English history. Alongside its literary analyses, the book offers insights into late seventeenth-century culture: religious discord, the position of women scholars and poets, military matters, statecraft and foreign affairs under Charles II, and developments in philosophy and science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521440424
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marianne Thormahlen
Brontes in Context, Paperback (August 2014)
Crammed with information, The Brontes in Context shows how the Brontes' fiction interacts with the spirit of the time.
Brontes and Education, Paperback (July 2011)
A 2007 exploration of how the Brontes' fiction engages with the intense debates on education in the nineteenth century.
Rochester, Paperback (March 2006)
A major new study of the notorious Restoration rake-poet, set in his intellectual context.
Brontes and Religion, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Marianne Thormahlen
The first full-length study of the topic, drawing on nineteenth-century doctrinal, ethical and ecclesiastical debates.
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